Welcome to my BlogSpot. I have created this blog in hopes of inspiring everyone to cook. I have found my inspiration from living in both Southern and Northern California. My influences in flavors have come from family recipes and meals with emphasis on healthy foods, marrying into an Italian family and the ethnic flavors throughout California. There are so many wonderful memories connected to our family dishes as well as new memories in the dishes that have been recently created. My husband, Randy who is recently retired, has been my biggest supporter and inspiration in our kitchen. He is my taster, my sous chef, and has created some really great dishes himself, which will be added to this blog. It is my hope that you too will be inspired to cook and create your own dishes for your loved ones and enjoy the craft of cooking.

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Creamy Roasted Asparagus Soup

I love my Vitamix. I use it practically every day. Here’s a very simple and elegantly silky recipe to accompany almost any meal.

1 large Bunch of Asparagus
1 Red Onion
Olive Oil
2 celery hearts, leaves included, chopped
3 Cups Vegetable Broth
1 Pinch Crushed Red Pepper
½ Teaspoon salt, more if the vegetable broth is unsalted
4 Tablespoons Mascarpone Cheese –If you can’t find Mascarpone, cream cheese will do
Trim the asparagus into 2 inch pieces. Use the stems too. Quarter the red onion. Sprinkle some olive oil and toss, to combine the oil with the onions and asparagus. Roast in the oven 400 degrees about 7-8 minutes, until the asparagus is tender/crisp.
Place the roasted onion and asparagus into the VitaMix and add the celery hearts, vegetable broth, crushed red pepper and salt. Set the VitaMix to soup and blend until steaming hot. Add the Mascarpone cheese and blend to combine.
Serves 4-6 people.